Children from Charing Church of England Primary school behaved impeccably, and were perfect ambassadors for their school, at a special service of thanksgiving at Canterbury Cathedral on Sunday (7 Oct). Children from the school were special guests at the ‘Celebrating Kentish Harvest’ service of thanksgiving seated in the front row of the choir stalls in recognition of winning the first ever ‘Kent is Delicious’ children’s food competition at the County Show earlier this year.
During the service one of the children from Charing School delivered the New Testament reading, 1 Timothy 6 versus 6-10, and she did so with incredible assurance and diction that a professional speaker would be proud of; many of the congregation complemented her on her reading at the reception in the Chapter House after the service.
The service featured a powerful sermon by Peter Kendall, President of the National Farmers Union which showed great vision and depth of feeling for the current and future importance of farming in our country. He spoke movingly of the challenges for farming and food security against a background of hardship and debt, and quoted the Netmums report that one in five mums in the UK are missing meals so their children can eat. Our prayers are with Peter as he continues to address and champion farming and food issues.
All in all, a wonderful service that highlighted the importance of farming, food and harvest in our lives, and our world.